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AU asks for collective action against human trafficking, Boko Haram

AU asks for collective action against human trafficking, Boko Haram

By Tinishu Solomon* Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the chairperson of the African Union Commission, on Monday urged African countries to make collective effort in combating human trafficking and the threat posed by Boko Haram in West Africa. Addressing the 26th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the AU, which is composed of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of AU member States, Zuma said she was appalled by Boko Haram. “I am deeply horrified by the tragedy Boko Haram continues … Read entire article »

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Study: South Sudan conflict could cost $158 billion over next 20 years

Study: South Sudan conflict could cost $158 billion over next 20 years

By Elias Meseret* The price of failing to bring about lasting peace in South Sudan could be $158 bln over the next two decades, according to a new study released today at the Radisson Hotel in Addis Ababa. The conflict, which erupted in mid-December, 2013 has already killed tens of thousands and placed nearly a third of the country’s population at … Read entire article »

South Africa: Boko Haram – Arrest Former Soldiers Says Minister

South Africa: Boko Haram – Arrest Former Soldiers Says Minister

Johannesburg — The South Africans going to help the Nigerian army against terror group Boko Haram should be arrested on their return, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said in Beeld on Thursday. She labelled them “mercenaries” in comments made to reporters on the eve of the African Union’s summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Beeld has reported that a multinational team of over 100 … Read entire article »

Africa: A Global Compact on Agriculture

Africa: A Global Compact on Agriculture

By Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, President of Mauritania and AU Chair On the 10th Anniversary of the adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), African Union declared the year 2014 to be the Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa. There is much to celebrate; agricultural production in Africa has increased steadily over the last 30 years: its … Read entire article »

World’s largest Ebola unit dismantled as outbreak retreats

World’s largest Ebola unit dismantled as outbreak retreats

By Zoom Dosso* Monrovia (AFP) – A potent symbol of the nightmare enveloping west Africa at the height of the Ebola outbreak, the ELWA-3 treatment centre is being dismantled and incinerated bit by bit as the region emerges from catastrophe. The largest Ebola unit ever built opened in the Liberian capital Monrovia with 120 beds on August 17 but was immediately overwhelmed, … Read entire article »

Checkered Legacy of Africa’s Last White Ruler: Case of South Africa’s F.W. de Klerk

Checkered Legacy of Africa’s Last White Ruler: Case of South Africa’s F.W. de Klerk

James N. Kariuki* Since the beginning of this year, South Africa has been gripped by the issue of whether or not to name one of Cape Town’s major streets after Frederick de Klerk. To ordinary South Africans, street name changes are no big issue; many do not even notice them until they come to a newly changed street name and have … Read entire article »

How Boko Haram brought hunger to northern Cameroon

How Boko Haram brought hunger to northern Cameroon

Maroua, 28 January 2015 (IRIN) – More than half a million people in Cameroon’s Far North region are in need of urgent food aid, the government says, as attacks by militant group Boko Haram have forced farmers to abandon their fields, shut down local markets, and halted the movement of people and goods. Food security, particularly along the border, is getting … Read entire article »

Billionaires Tony Elumelu And Aliko Dangote Launch The African Energy Leaders Group At The World Economic Forum

Billionaires Tony Elumelu And Aliko Dangote Launch The African Energy Leaders Group At The World Economic Forum

By Farai Gundan * Speaking at a high profile panel on energy at the 2015 annual meeting for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Nigerian billionaire and philanthropist Tony Elumelu emphasized the key priority for 2015 for Africa as “policy, policy, policy”. Launching the African Energy Leaders Group (AELG), a multi-stakeholder advocacy group that aims to address Africa’s power … Read entire article »

Calm returns to Zimbabwe business

Calm returns to Zimbabwe business

By Nicholas Norbrook* A cabinet reshuffle has calmed the nerves of investors, who plan new and expansion projects. The political temperature in Zimbabwe – scaldingly hot for investors in the country in recent years – has shown no sign of abating. The battle that pitches President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace against vice-president Joice Mujuru is just the latest instalment in the drawn out … Read entire article »

Ghana: French company in cocoa processing deal

Ghana: French company in cocoa processing deal

By Dasmani Laary* A French company has clinched a deal with the Ghana Cocoa Board (GCB) that will see it process about 50 000 tonnes of cocoa a year. The deal between Cocoa Touton Processing Company Limited, a subsidiary of Touton SA and the GCB would run for three years. Cocoa industry players hailed the deal saying it would uplift jobless youths in … Read entire article »